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Kratom linked to Salmonella Outbreaks

  • June 27, 2018
  • KBA Attorneys
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The FDA has provided another update regarding Salmonella contamination outbreaks. The federal agency is now advising consumers to avoid “kratom” and “kratom-containing” products which are linked to a multistate outbreak of salmonellosis from multiple strains of Salmonella.

The FDA set forth the following timeline: “On April 6, 2018, in response to a mandatory recall order from the FDA after several of its kratom products were found to contain Salmonella, Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC of Las Vegas, NV, initiated a recall of such products. As of April 17, 2018, the firm is recalling all kratom powder products it manufactured, processed, packed and held from April 4, 2017, to present. This recall now includes at least 26 different products.” The FDA has provided a detailed timeline on their site.

The products at issue in this latest recall come in many forms, including leaves, pills, capsules, powder, and tea, and may not mention kratom on the labeling. The FDA reports that “[o]ther names for kratom that have been identified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are: Mitragyna speciosa, mitragynine extract, biak-biak, cratom, gratom, ithang, kakuam, katawn, kedemba, ketum, krathom, krton, mambog, madat, Maeng da leaf, nauclea, Nauclea speciosa, or thang.”

The FDA has now identified additional kratom-containing products contaminated with Salmonella, specifically, the following brands and companies as being associated with the newly reported products are Gaia Ethnobotanical, KraveKratom, Spa & Organic Essentials of PA, LLC, Badger Botanicals LLC, Pious Lion, Earth Kratom, Blissful Remedies, CV Indo Perkasa. There have been additional voluntary recalls issued from the following firms for specific kratom-containing products: Revibe LLC, Maya Distribution, LLC, Eden’s Ethnos, LLC, Badger Botanicals LLC, Pious Lion, and Gaia Ethnobotanical.

We at KBA reported about an FDA outbreak recently. Consumers that have used products containing kratom should look for the following symptoms: diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain, and blood in the stool. This symptoms generally appear within 72 hours of exposure. They typically last a week and while this is the typical course, severe injuries and death do occur. After seeking medical help, those who believe they were exposed to and injured by any of the products discussed here should obtain legal representation.